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The Senior Newspaper Serving Volusia & Flagler Counties For 20 Years—COMPLIMENTARY COPY

A Publication of Schillinger Enterprises, Inc. © 2011 Volume XX – Issue 21

October 14, 2011

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he cooler seasonal temperatures and lower humidity days are excellent for working outside on those odd jobs you’ve been putting off all summer. Here’s a FALL checklist that can help keep you on task and you get prepared for winter. F—Falling Leaves And Debris While you may enjoy the trees and vegetation leaf maintenance is necessary. Inspect gutters and clean them out. Be sure all gutters are free from debris from falling leaves, pine needles, and roof shingle dust. These things prevent water runoff from flowing freely. Make sure gutters are securely fastened and are not falling down. Check downspouts and be sure they direct water away from the foundation. A—Air Quality When spending most of your time indoors, it’s important to strike a balance between air tightness and air purity. Change smoke and CO detector batteries and test monthly. Change HVAC filters. If you have a fireplace, have the chimney inspected and cleaned. Evaluate the humidity inside your home. (Optimum: 30 to 50 percent) L—Leaks Sealing leaks in your home improves energy efficiency and lowers energy costs. Plug electrical outlets, especially on outside walls. Use approved plastic covers.

Seal around doors, and windows using caulk, insulated foam, or weather-stripping. Insulate but don’t seal the attic. Airflow in the attic is crucial to HVAC performance. You should consider installing outlet and light switch gaskets.


Life …by Kathy M. Bryant L—Lights Out Power outages are common occurrences during storms and windy weather. You can prevent outages from happening to your household with simple maintenance. Remove tree limbs that could fall on your home during a wind or heavy rain storm. Do not let tree branches rest on or over top of your roof. Branches provide passages for critters and insects to enter the attic and rotting damage to roof materials. Call your power company about tree limbs near power lines. This is a job for professionals so do not attempt to remove them. If power outages occur frequently or for lone time periods, consider a backup source of power, such as a generator. ST Kathy M. Bryant is with the Volusia County Extension Office. For further information, call 386-822-5778. All programs and information are free.

Your Medicine: Be Smart. Be Safe. Have you ever had a problem with your medicines? You are not alone. There are so many things to keep track of. When exactly should I take my medicine? Is it safe to take vitamins or herbal supplements when I take a prescription medicine? Now that I feel better, can I stop taking this medicine?

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ne day, we were having an afternoon rehearsal and Dee’s beautiful tenor voice sounded especially good that day… like the voice of an angel. We told her how good she sounded. That led to conversation, later, about how rarely we take the time to tell someone when they have done something special.

There wasn’t any mincing of words here. These words, written so many years ago, went straight to the point! When you see or hear something worthy of note, regarding a friend or acquaintance, let ‘em know.

You Name It …by Kitty Maiden

One evening Barbara was sitting and observing the chorus as they sang. She turned to a woman sitting next to her and asked, “Who is the girl with red Such a simple act means so much and hair that has it parted in the middle?” can really help keep a person at a peak She commented that she had noticed a most beautiful expression on her face of contentment. As we began to discuss the impor- when she sang. At break time, Barbara, better known tance of freely offering positive remarks, Margaret (who recently was fitted with as Brandy, went to Linda and shared her a pacemaker) began to recite a poem. thoughts with the woman who often It was a piece that she found in an old questioned her abilities. Needless to trunk nearly 70 years ago. Imagine that say, after hearing Brandy’s comments, as a child she was so impressed with it Linda added a feeling of confidence to that she memorized it. The poem goes her voice and developed into a terrific lead for the group. like this: Linda moved away some Do It Now! months ago to spend time with her More than fame and more than money aging mother who recently Is the comment bright and sunny turned 90 years old and celeAnd the hearty warm approval of a friend. brated a terrific birthday with If, with pleasure, you are viewing her family. any work a person’s doing Other good things have been If you like him or you love him, tell him now. happening to Linda as well. She joined a winning chorus in the Don’t withhold your approvation town where she now lives and ‘til the Parson makes oration will be going with them to InterAnd he lies with lilies on his brow national Competition in HousFor no matter how you shout it ton this October. He won’t really care about it Just remember, if you have a kind thought to share with a He won’t know how many teardrops have been shed friend or acquaintance, do it now! If you think some praise is due him It’s worth its weight in gold. ST Now’s the time to slip it to him Kitty Maiden is a staff writer For he cannot read his tombstone when he’s dead. for Seniors Today

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Seniors Today 360 S. Yonge, Street Ormond Beach, FL 32174 Phone: (386) 677-7060 Fax: (386) 677-0836 Website: Published by Schillinger Enterprises, Inc. Chairman Of The Board David Schillinger General Manager Bonnie Schillinger Editor Bonnie Gragg Staff Writers Kitty Maiden Peggy & George Goldtrap

Seniors Today is published and distributed free every other Friday to inform, entertain, and serve those over the age of 50. Deadlines: The deadline for advertising is Friday, 5 P.M., one week prior to the Friday publication date. Advertisements and copy: All advertisements and copy is believed to be truthful and accurate. Seniors Today reserves the right to edit, revise, or reject any advertising and/or submitted articles for publication. Advertisements are the sole responsibility of the advertiser. Advertisements and copy in Seniors Today are not meant to be an endorsement of any product, service, or individual. All editorial copy and by lined articles are the opinion of the writer and are not necessarily the view, opinion, or policy of Seniors Today. Errors and Omissions: Neither the publisher nor the advertiser are liable for mistakes, errors, or omissions. The sole liability of Seniors Today to an advertiser is to reprint the corrected ad in the next issue. Copyright Warning: Pursuant to Federal Copyright Law, all material contained within this publication which was created, designed, composed, written, typeset, imageset, or prepared in any way by Seniors Today remains the sole property of the publisher and cannot be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of Seniors Today. This pertains to the duplication of either advertising or non-advertising material. Notice of copyright appears on page one of this and all issues.

What’s Happening Around Town… Ask A Pharmacist Have all your medication questions answered and sign up for a free personal consultation at Florida Hospitals Ask A Pharmacist on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 12–5 P.M. at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Medical Office Building. Call 866-328-6417 to reserve your spot by Wed., Oct. 26.

Stroke Prevention You are invited to this free informative presentation by Dr. Jessy Casimiro on stroke facts: What is a stroke?; The warning signs; and Stroke prevention on Oct. 16 at 11 A.M. at Grand Villa, 535 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach. Refreshments served. RSVP to 386-868-0723 by Oct. 17.

Long-Term Care Do you know the true answers to questions about long-term care costs? You are invited to a free informational workshop on government benefits and planning for payment of long-term care presented by Scott Selis of The Chiumento-Selis-Dwyer Attorneys At Law at 2 P.M., Oct. 25 in Palm Coast and Nov. 8 in Daytona Beach. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. Call 386-868-5337 to RSVP.

Lunch Bunch Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Road, South Daytona host Lunch Bunch every Thurs. at 12 NOON. Just $4 gets you lunch and bingo with non-monetary prizes. Reservations are required by noon the Tuesday prior. Call the church at 386-767-6542.

Travel Club High Performance Travel welcomes you to a travel club on Wed., Oct. 26 from 9:30–11 A.M. at the Daytona Beach Municipal Golf Course Club House Restaurant. Hear travel advice from featured guest speaker, Bruce Waters from Pacific Delight Tours. Receive tips on making your travel more enjoyable. The seminar is free and breakfast is on your own. RSVP is required. For more details and to RSVP, call 386-252-4423.

Veterans Benefits Seminar Veterans and spouses may be entitled to little-known benefits through the VA Aid And Attendance program. Join Ormond In The Pines, 101 Clyde Morris Blvd., Ormond Beach on Thurs., Oct. 20 at 3 P.M. to learn how you could receive up to $1,945 per month. RSVP today to 386-676-7463.

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Seniors Today Fall Festival Come one, come all and join us in the celebration of fall! Seniors Today newspaper once again is hosting a day of entertainment, fun, food, exhibits, health checks, door prizes, and more. This fun-filled event is absolutely free and open to all seniors on Tuesday, October 18. Come any time from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. All this fun takes place at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Road in South Daytona. Bring a friend and enjoy the day. To find out more, call Seniors Today at 386-677-7060.

Natural Smile Seminar Do you have missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures? Come find out if dental implants are right for you. Questions about the cost and how the implant surgery is done will be answered, plus much more. The seminars are scheduled for Tues., Oct. 18 at 4:30 P.M at the New Smyrna Beach Library and Wed., Oct. 19, 4 P.M. at the office of Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates in Palm Coast. RSVP by calling 386-437-6885.

Vince Carter’s Pink Walk/Run Please join the Vince Carter’s Pink Walk/Run on Sun., Oct. 23 with sign in beginning at 8 A.M. and the walk/run at 9 A.M. The $25 registration fee will include a commemorative tee shirt, goodie bag, refreshments, and a huge dose of community pride. Donations for a silent auction are now being accepted and registration forms are available at Vince Carter’s, 2150 LPGA Blvd., Daytona Beach or e-mail Tammy at VCPink For questions or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, call 386-290-7162.

Free Concerts Don’t miss Chubby Checker in two free concerts with gate admission at the Volusia County Fair on Tues., Nov. 8 at 4 and 7 P.M. Gates open at 11 AM and admission is only $5 until 7 P.M. for anyone 55 or better. For more information, visit

Marathon Bingo The Council On Aging will sponsor a fall Marathon Bingo on Sat., Nov. 5 at the Brannon Center, 105 Riverside Dr. in New Smyrna Beach at 9 A.M. This all day bingo will benefit the Meals-OnWheels and other senior services sponsored by the Council On Aging. For more information, call the Brannon Center at 386-424-2280.

Healthy Bones Seminar Join Love’s Wholefoods as they present a Build Your Bone Bank Account seminar with special guest speaker Dr. Murray on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 12 NOON at the Hampton Inn, 1715 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. The seminar is free and open to the public. For details, call 386-677-5236.

Travel Seminars Cruises And Tours By Nancy has two exciting travel seminars in October. On Oct. 25 at 6 P.M. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 600 S. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach learn about a 7 night cruise and 3 night stay in Rome from Amy Barnett with Holland America Line. Then on Oct. 27 at 9:30 A.M. come to The Club House Restaurant, 600 Wilder Blvd., Daytona Beach to hear Travis Holloway with Collette Vacations talk about a trip touring China and cruising the Yangize River. RSVP for seminars to 386-265-4261 or cruisesandtours

Senior Fun-Fest Join Ormond In The Pines, 101 Clyde Morris Blvd., Ormond Beach for a Senior Fun-Fest on Friday, Oct. 21 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Enjoy free food, entertainment, music, games, and activities. For more details, call 386-676-7463.

Parkinson’s Association The Parkinson Association of Greater Daytona Beach is pleased to announce that Kathleen Moore, L.C.S.W. with Florida Hospital Hospice Care will address the Parkinson Association. Kathleen’s topic will be Caring For The Caregiver. The event will be held at Bishop’s Glen Retirement Center (auditorium) at 900 LPGA Blvd. in Holly Hill on Wednesday, October 26 from 2–3:30 P.M. Reservations for this event are strongly suggested. Please call 386-676-6375.

Support Groups Grief Support Group Join a grief support group for New Smyrna Beach meets at the NSB Library at 1001 S. Dixie Hwy. the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 1:30–3 P.M. For more information, call 386-4262633 or 386-428-6458. Hurting Yourself With Food? Are you addicted to food? There is hope. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a solution for all forms of food addiction. People have found recovery from overeating, under eating, and bulimia in FA. For meetings, call the FA Hotline at 386-258-0610.

A World Without Caution Lights


our hours. That’s how long it takes for an accident to happen after you remove a flashing caution light. On South Peninsula it took only four hours to go from seeing the familiar neighborhood yellow light to seeing the red and blue flashing of a police car. Remove one caution light and you get two bangedup cars. Latin writer Publilius Syrus said, “It is a good thing to learn caution from the misfortunes of others.” Your body sends you caution signals, trying to alert you of dangers coming your way. Here are three warning signs that your health is headed towards a downward spiral. 1. Difficulty in everyday activities. There are certain daily activities (taking out the trash, climbing a flight of stairs, lifting a large bag of groceries) that cause you to tap deeper into your strength reserves. If you’ve noticed yourself being winded or fatigued more than usual after performing these actions, then there’s a possibility your strength levels are decreasing rapidly. When you find yourself unable to perform one of these activities, then your body is signaling you that something definitely needs to be addressed. 2. Loss of Balance. Balance is the body’s ability to maintain equilibrium when standing, walking, or performing any other daily activity. By the time most people notice their decreased ability to

maintain balance, they’re already at a high risk for falls. 3. Loss of Flexibility. Flexibility is often one of the most neglected aspects of an exercise program. The main reason we become more stiff as we get older is the changes in the collagen

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structures within the body. Collagen is a protein found in your connective tissue— tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, and skin. With aging and inactivity, collagen tends to stick together and the linings of your joints thicken. So when you finally notice that you can no longer touch the ground or tie your shoes while standing up, your body is letting you know that you’ve gone too long without attending to your fitness. If your body is sending you one or more of these signals, you’d be wise to listen. You might just avoid an accident.

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The ‘Littles’ Are Watching by George Goldtrap f you have raised a family you are well aware of how much you are watched and mimicked by the kids. When I hear a child say something best unsaid, I always think… that’s something they have heard at home. Art Linkletter demonstrated that more than once when he declared in his book—Yes, they surely do. There is great value in their observations. They will mimic your standards and style of living. If you tell them what is right, you had better practice it as well. My parents insisted on absolute honesty, yet, as a small boy I witnessed one parent cutting a line to gain position advantage at an exhibit. I have not forgotten. It did not lead me to be a cheater, but I questioned whether it was the right thing to do. I have no doubt my own children have made the same observation when I drove too fast, or made other such infractions. Little eyes see and hear all. They do grow up so fast. As I ramble through our family albums I delight in their growing experiences. So much fun to watch them learn. Now they are married, each to a good mate, and their children are almost grown as well. The grandchildren are having children. On October 3rd, our second great grandson was born. I won’t bore you with the pictures but take my word for it… he’s a cutie. Back to my premise… they are watching. For many years Peg and I have worked as models and actors. We have appeared in thousands of commercials and print ads in many parts of the world. Often we have worked together but just as often we have worked alone or with other actors and models. Sometimes we know those working with us, sometimes we don’t. Some years ago I had a call from my agent to appear in a billboard ad. The boards would be designed to promote tourism for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, one of the gateway cities to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. They would appear in 7 southern states for most of the summer and fall. I was told to report to a studio, be dressed as directed, and there I would meet my female counterpart. I did not recognize her name as someone with whom I had previously worked, but it did not matter. My agent was good at pairings and I could depend on the female model to be competent and professional. It was a good job, a good photographer, and on the appointed day, I showed up at the studio, ready for work. My model ‘wife’ arrived and we were introduced. Neither of us knew the other and her name did not stick with me for very long… and probably vice-versa. The female model and I were to pose as a typical vacationing couple. The make-up artist did her thing. Basics first, a spot of color, and touch up as needed. The producer and photographer positioned us, instructed us in the desired facial expressions, and as experienced pros we were ready.


The photographer went to work. Click, click, move, click, reposition, click, click, change lighting, click click, change backdrop, click click, just one more set, click click… one more frame, click click. Within 90 minutes we were through the ‘shoot’ and

Happy Talk …by George & Peggy Goldtrap ready to go home. It was a good shoot. We shook hands all around, thanked those who had selected us and went our merry way. Within 45 days the boards were up. My wife spotted the first one as we cruised along a NC interstate. It looked good and carried and simple message. We were proud of the work. In keeping with terms of the contract, the photographer gave each model several 8 x 10 copies. We add these to our portfolio to secure additional work. I framed one and hung it in my office along with many similar examples of what Peg and I have done. One day as I worked at my desk, Audry, a 7 year old granddaughter came in to visit. We chatted. She looked at all the pictures. She liked the one where I posed as a circus ‘ringmaster’. There was a tiger in the shot and she asked if I was afraid. I said no and explained how shots are ‘over-laid’ and made to look real. Eventually she came to the billboard shot. She paused, pondered, and you could just see the wheels turning. There was Papa, and behind him a strange woman, not ‘Memaw’, with her arms around his neck … looking like a happy couple. What gives here, she thought? Audry mused until she could stand it no more. It just did not look ‘right’ to her. She asked, ‘Papa,…who is that lady?’

‘I don’t remember,’ I responded, adding that she was the female model selected to work on the ad with me. That seemed to satisfy Audry for a moment… but she continued to stare at the picture and particularly the lady in the picture. Finally, she just had to ask one more question. With a puzzled expression and inquisitive tone she asked, ‘Does Memaw know who she is?’ Be careful… the littles are watching. ST George and Peggy Goldtrap are both actors, speakers, and writers living in Ormond By The Sea. Contact them at geo

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Finding Balance In The Battle Against Vertigo If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from spells of dizziness, you may now take a sigh of relief. A new procedure called canalith repositioning conducted at the Center for Dizziness, Balance & Motion Sickness will eliminate this problem in 85% of patients. The medical term for this condition is Benign Positional Vertigo; it can cause people to feel nausea, lose their balance, and prevent simple normal activities from being accomplished. At the Center for Dizziness, Balance & Hearing Loss, Dr. Jay Katz has been helping people lead productive and normal lives again without the use of any drugs. One patient states, “Don’t ask me what he did, even my husband was watching and even isn’t sure, but it’s wonderful.” A graduate of Georgetown University Medical School, Dr. Katz trained in Otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, and conducted extensive research on motion sickness at the University of Miami Dizziness and Balance Center. By far, the most common cause of vertigo in people over 65 is benign positional dizziness that occurs while the person is bending over, looking up, and lying down, Katz explained. It has been reported that balance related falls account for more than one-half of the accidental deaths among the elderly.” To diagnose the patient’s dizziness and balance condition, Dr. Katz conducts a thorough office examination. The balance system in the inner ear involves a tiny set of three semicircular canals, tubes of fluids shaped a bit like a scissors handle. The utricle is lined with nerve filaments, beneath a sticky pad of crystals. During the normal aging process the gravity-sensing crystals, called otoliths, are released from the utricle and work their way into the semicircular canal, where they float in fluid, head movements cause the otoliths to stimulate nerve endings, which results in vertigo, explains Dr. Katz. Once other causes of dizziness have been eliminated, he can proceed immediately with canalith repositioning.

The condition is treated by a simple in-office maneuver where the patient’s head is tilted in several positions in such a way as to remove this debris from the fluid in the inner ear, Katz states. Canalith repositioning is a highly effective treatment and can be easily repeated if dizziness returns or is not completely eliminated the first time. While little known, this procedure is fully covered by Medicare and other types of insurance. Dr. Katz also treats people with balance problems. Way too often, people are told “you’re getting older, what do you expect?” But it is not a normal part of aging to lose your balance, Katz said. Certain antibiotics or viral infections can damage the balance nerves leaving individuals with an insecure feeling when walking, especially when stepping off a curb, walking on an uneven surface like pebbles or lawns and walking in the dark. When balance problems arise, Katz said, people have a tendency to restrict their activity and then the brain doesn’t get enough stimulation to learn how to compensate for the injury. Vestibular Rehabilitation and Balance Retraining (which is performed in our office) is very effective in restoring balance by a process of adaptation and compensation. Dr. Katz also treats people with Meniere’s disease that is characterized by episodes of vertigo that last anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours and is also associated with hearing loss and ringing in the ears. For more information on the treatment of dizziness or balance, or to make an appointment, please call DR. JAY KATZ at the Center For Dizziness & Balance at (386)864-5910. 9 Pine Cone Dr., Ste. 104 Palm Coast, FL 32137 Across From The Post Office Now Accepting Humana Insurance


What’s In The Stars

For The Week Of October 17

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You'll soon have a chance to take a big step up from where you are to where you want to be. Remember: Even the Mountain Sheep looks before it leaps. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) This week brings a challenge that could determine the direction of your life. If you're ready for a change, accept it. A loved one supports your decision. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A disruption creates a delay in completing your projects. Use this time to pursue a personal matter you were too busy to deal with before. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You still need to be on the alert for any signs of problems that could create serious misunderstandings. A positive aspect begins to emerge toward the week's end. LEO (July 23 to August 22) With things slowing down a bit this week, it would be a good time for luxury-loving Leonines to go somewhere for some well-earned pampering. VIRGO (August 23 to Sept. 22) Single Virgos looking for partners are finally getting a break from Venus, who has moved in to make things happen. Virgos see their relationships blossom.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) You've been working hard to get things done. Now take a breather and recheck your next step. You might want to make some changes with news that comes your way. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) The watchword for savvy Scorpios this week is preparation. Consider sharpening your skills to make the most of the new opportunity you're about to take on. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) There might still be some loose ends that need tucking up if you hope to get that important relationship repaired. A new spurt of activity starts soon. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) It's a good idea to keep the positive momentum going by finding and getting rid of anything that could cause you to stumble. Keep the path ahead clear and open. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) A period of contemplation is advised before you make your next move. Be sure where go is the right place for you. A health matter needs attention. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) That new energy surge that hit you continues to send out good vibrations. Try investing a part of it in creating something noteworthy on the job. ST

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Antiques Bambi Wall Pocket by Larry Cox

Q: I have a wall pocket of Bambi that dates from the mid-1950s. It is clearly marked Bambi, Walt Disney Productions and is in almost perfect condition with no chips or damage. The original price sticker of 80 cents is still attached to its bottom. Is this a yard-sale item or something to save for my son? — Rachel, Bethalto, IL A: The scene of Bambi learning to walk on ice from the original 1942 Disney production might just be the most famous sequence the studio ever produced for a feature cartoon. Your wall pocket is worth about $75. If it has sentimental value, I would save it. *** Q: I have a wine set that was made by the Asa G. Neville glass company, but I have not been able to find out anything about this company. —Helen, St. Charles, MO A: The company was founded by Asa G. Neville in 1891 and operated in Blairsville, Pennsylvania. It made globes for kerosene lamps in addition to battery jars, decanters, novelties, and,

yes, wine sets. Collectors like the various pressed glass patterns that the Neville glass works produced. *** Q: I was a big fan of David Cassidy of the Partridge Family during the 1970s, and I purchased several of his comic books, including issues from February 1972, May 1973, and September 1973. Are they worth anything? —Debbie, Hammond, LA A: The first David Cassidy comic book was issued in February 1972, and that premiere issue is worth about $25 in near-mint condition. The other two are worth in the $10 to $15 range, again depending on condition. ST

Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or email to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail.

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Vince Carter’s Hosts Pink Walk/Run To Benefit Cancer Center Special to Seniors Today

PINK WALK/RUN Sunday, October 23, 2011 8 A.M. • Sign In 9 A.M. • WALK/RUN Vince Carter's Restaurant 2150 LPGA Boulevard with turn around at the Daytona Beach Police Department You are invited to participate in the Vince Carter’s Pink Walk/Run. This is a great opportunity for the community to come together for an awesome cause. All of the proceeds will be donated to the new and beautiful Florida Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center. For a $25 tax deductible donation, made payable to the Embassy of Hope Foundation, participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, goodie bag, refreshments, and a huge dose of community pride. The silent auction will offer intriguing items for everyone. To register for the Vince Carter’s Pink Walk/Run, pick up a registration form at Vince Carter’s Restaurant or e-mail Tammy at or call:

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he Embassy of Hope is a non-profit foundation established in 1998 by NBA basketball star, Vince Carter, to help address the needs of children and their parents. Embassy of Hope is a Florida-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Of course we all know that behind every successful man is a good woman! In the case of the foundation, that woman is Vince’s mother, Michelle Carter-Scott who serves as the Executive Director of the Embassy of Hope. Since its inception the Embassy of Hope has touched the lives of countless children in the United States and Canada and given numerous scholarships through a number of activities. This year the foundation, with the help of their restaurant, Vince Carter’s, is hosting a Pink Walk/Run on October 25 to benefit the Florida Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center. Michelle and Vince sharing a conversation one day, lamented over how

many of their family and friends they had lost to cancer, including a teammate of Vince's. They knew then that they had to do something to help overcome this beast. Thus, the seeds were planted and the birth of the Pink Walk/Run. Michelle states, “It was just something we felt we had to do to support our back door neighbors,” noting that the new hospital is right around the corner from Vince Carter’s restaurant. “Our goal for this first year run is to come together as a community to raise at least $5,000 and join in some fellowship and fun while helping a worthy cause. For a $25 tax deductible donation, participants will receive a commemorative tee shirt, goodie bag, refreshments, and a huge dose of community pride. Be sure to join the fun and show your support for this wonderful event. ST

You may register at Vince Carter’s Restaurant, e-mail Tammy at VDPink or call 386-290-7162.

Books Signing Their Rights Away Reviewed by Larry Cox


n their previous book, award-winning writers Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese documented the fate of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Their latest book Signing Their Rights Away: The Fame And Misfortune Of The Men Who Signed The United States Constitution fast-forwards to the summer of 1787, as 39 cranky, mistrustful men meet–once again in Philadelphia–to ratify the United States Constitution. Agreeing on a new constitution was anything but a slam dunk. It was a turbulent time. The United States found itself on the verge of political collapse. American citizens faced runaway inflation and even the foreclosures of their homes and businesses. It was a turning point in the history of this country, and almost everyone realized that the only solution was a governing framework with enough power to truly work. To accomplish this, the delegates had to put aside their differences and compromise. For example, David Brearley

of New Jersey wanted to erase state boundaries and start over, Henry Williamson of North Carolina believed in aliens, Governor Morris of New York was a playboy who didn't let his peg leg get in the way of making a play for Dolly Madison, and John Rutledge of South Carolina was so unstable he attempted suicide twice. Added to the mix was Rufus King, the original Ralph Nader, a perennial candidate who ran for president and vice president every chance he got, losing every time, and Robert Morris of Philadelphia, who despite helping to finance the American Revolution, ended up in debtor's prison and died penniless. How they found common ground to ratify the U.S. Constitution, the world's oldest living Constitution, is a fascinating story. Kiernan and D'Agnese make both this period and the men who pulled off this incredible achievement exciting and entertaining. ST

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2. In another large bowl, combine dry white chocolate pudding mix, remaining 2⁄3 cup dry milk powder, and remaining 1 cup water. Mix well, using a wire whisk. Blend in whipped topping. 3. Evenly spread topping mixture over set chocolate fudge layer. Sprinkle chocolate graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips evenly over top. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Cut into 8 servings. Freezes well. ST

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Dear Paws Corner: Why does my dog, Jack, eat nonstop? If I don't hide his food, he will eat it all. He's even broken into the pantry where I kept his dog food and torn the bag open to get at it. Is something wrong with him? —Kerrie J., via e-mail Dear Kerrie: It's always wise to check with your veterinarian if your pet's behavior is worrisome to you. If Jack only recently started eating nonstop, tell the vet about this behavioral change. He or she may want to take a look at Jack to rule out any possible health issues. Many dog owners, however, find it necessary to hide the dog food and store any easy-to-open people food on high shelves where their dog can't reach. This is because many dogs will eat everything in sight for as long as they can, way past the point of being full. This doesn't just put them at risk of obesity, it puts them at risk of bloat, a condition that can be fatal. Eating people food also puts pets at risk for other conditions—for example,

onions are poisonous to dogs, and so is chocolate. You should feed your dog according to the guidelines for his size and breed—often these are printed on the dog-food packaging, or you can ask the vet how much and how often he should eat. Make sure Jack cannot access any food, or the garbage, when unsupervised. If Jack overeats again, watch him closely for signs of bloat. These include sudden behavioral change, anxiety or restlessness, frequent attempts to vomit with no success, attempts to defecate without result, a bloated abdomen that may feel tight as a drum, and a hunched -over appearance. If you observe any of these, get Jack to the veterinarian immediately—do not wait. ST

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t makes sense to pay attention to a study that's gone on for many years. There's one that's been in place since 2,400 men and women were born 1946. The study, reported in a recent issue of the American Journal Of Preventive Medicine, was called Physical Activity Across Adulthood And Physical Performance In Midlife. Scientists hoped to learn whether leisuretime physical activity at a younger age had anything to do with the status of physical strength in later years. The participants were contacted more than 20 times for updated information, checked at ages 36, 43, and 53 and tested for standing balance, how long it took to rise up out of a chair, and grip strength. Standing balance was how long the participant could stand on one leg with eyes closed, up to 30 seconds. Chairrise speed involved getting up out of a chair, standing straight, and sitting back down—ten times! Grip strength used an electronic device for measurement. Here's how the results turned out: At all three checks, chair rise time was

positively affected by prior physical activity. At ages 43 and 53 standing balance was affected. At age 53, women's grip strength wasn't affected, but it was with men. The conclusion was that yes indeed, physical activity does affect the status of our physical strength and performance later in life. Cooler weather is coming, with winter right behind. Consider signing up for some physical activity class, something fun, that meets on a regular basis. As always, be sure to check with your doctor before starting any type of expercise program. We can't go back and give ourselves a more active youth, but we can start now to give ourselves a stronger future, right? ST Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send e-mail to columnreply

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or thousands of Americans suffering from debilitating back pain, surgery is the one option they have to face with a lot of sleepless nights. One of the more common back surgeries is called Lumbar Diskectomy, which involves the removal of that part of the herniating disk causing impingement of the nerve. Although complications from this procedure are low, they are controversial because some people given this option get better without an operation. Non-surgical treatment may include pain relieving drugs, physical therapy, and acupuncture. Unless there is an emergent condition necessitating surgery such as sudden onset of leg weakness, bowel and bladder disturbances, and numbness around the anal and genital areas (known as saddle anesthesia which suggest compression of a very critical nerve called cauda equina), a good rule of thumb is to put off surgery for a few weeks after symptoms start. Sometimes waiting allows the problem to resolve by itself. It is always necessary to consult the opinion of a medical expert whenever unsure. It is also very smart to consider non-invasive options such as physical therapy before submitting to the knife. Not all back problems result from nerve compres-

sion, which may sometimes necessitate surgery. A big group of back problems result from sprains and strains, which oftentimes don’t warrant surgery. A back sprain is

Acupuncture & Physical Therapy Ramon Gutierrez, D.O.M. Acupuncture Physician caused by injuries to the ligaments that support the spine and a strain is a general term used for muscle involvement. If the strain or sprain is not serious, allowing the back to rest for a few weeks does the trick! Finally, another less invasive procedure which complements both physical therapy and the use of drugs is Acupuncture, a type of medicine practiced for thousands of years for pain relief. This procedure, which helps restore circulation to tight muscles that cause a lot of pain, has withstood the test of time and scrutiny. In practice, Acupuncture combined with modalities in Physical Therapy is a very effective tool for alleviating the symptoms of most back problems. Just remember your back deserves a second opinion... a second chance that may prove to be the best! To schedule an appointment or for a free consultation, call 386-898-0908.

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Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis



hen inflammation occurs, chemical mediators are released from cells and joint tissue. This process can damage cartilage, bone, and ligaments and cause joint deformities and function impairment, better known as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) a chronic progressive inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune disease. Until the last several years, strategic RA treatment ranged from NSAIDs (non-ster oidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and corticosteroids for symptom control, to a more biologically modifying process by adding Methotrexate (MTX) or other disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for joint damage control and prevention. Unfortunately, despite their power, DMARD treatment was still unsatisfactory. Luckily, more current secret weapons called biologic DMARDs already approved by the FDA, such as etanercept (Enbrel), infliximab (Remicade) and adalimumab (Humira) have dramatically changed the way we treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic, and ankylosing arthritis. Their biological effect allows them to effectively block chemical mediators, thus rendering tumor necrosing factor (TNF) molecules unavailable for use within the inflammatory process, and labeling them Anti-TNF biologic DMARDs. The fact that biologic DMARDs can block chemical mediators, gives them the ability to prevent cartilage, bone, and ligament damage. Like

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Fashback Test Your Music Knowledge 1. In what year did the Beatles first tour Scotland? (Hint: They weren't yet called the Beatles.) 2. Name Genesis' only No. 1 single in the United States. 3. What was the name of the group that released the song Comfortably Numb in 1980? 4. Which song of Elvis Presley's 1962 top 10 hits —She's Not You, Return To Sender, and Good Luck Charm —reached Number 1? 5. Name group that released One Of The Guys, Looking At You and Kick Out The Jams in the late 1960s. 6. What was the last chart song the Eagles released before their breakup? Bonus: How many years did their breakup last?

Answers 1. In 1960. They were called the Silver Beetles at that time, and served as backup for singer Johnny Gently. 2. Invisible Touch in 1986, on the album of the same name. 3. Pink Floyd. Although the single off of The Wall double album never charted anywhere, it is one of Pink Floyd's most famous songs and renowned especially for its guitar solos. 4. Good Luck Charm. All three songs were Number 1 hits in the U.K. 5. MC5, short for Motor City Five. The Michigan rock band's guitarist, Fred ‘Sonic Smith’, was named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. 6. Seven Bridges Road, released in 1980. The group stayed apart 14 years, until 1994. ST

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___ out a living Macho type Pigpen Journal Like a crone Rage 1999 Brad Pitt movie Pistol Gold, in Guadala-jara Makes a crumbly mass of Like some calves Coin aperture Japanese sash Society newcomer Tapestry Carpeting Poorly lit Snitch Group spirit ___ 10 Confer-ence ___ glance Ballet frill By chance Reflector Gen. Lee's grp. Tokyo's old name About 5.88 trillion miles Mountain Painting support Tear Casual shirt Colora-tion Upper limb

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Humane Society Update


ne of the many great ways the HHS has improved the use of its funds is the re-design of its Emergency Medical Fund (EMF). The EMF is a financial assistance program designed to keep animals from being surrendered by their owners. Pet owners who are facing a medical emergency, but lack the means to pay for care, are eligible to receive assistance through the EMF. All applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and must provide proof of low income. Using this fund, Halifax Humane Society has funded everything from eye surgeries to x-rays. We have also negotiated discounted rates with Atlantic Animal Hospital, allowing an increased number of animals that will be saved by the EMF. Halifax Humane Society has already helped more animals so far in 2011 than in the entirety of 2010, and is on pace to increase the total number of animals helped by the EMF by 34 percent for the year. Buzz, a five-month old kitten, was probably bitten by a black widow spider. Due to the severity of the bite, he needed surgery to amputate one of his legs. His family did not have the money for the surgery, but did not want to give up on their beloved kitten. Buzz’s winning personality won the hearts of the HHS and Atlantic Animal Hospital staffs, and it was decided that he was a great candidate for the EMF program. Buzz is now happily running around and shows no signs of missing his leg. Peace, a Shar Pei catching some fresh air in her own backyard, was attacked by dogs that tore his fence apart. The mildmannered Peace suffered gashes and wounds all over her body, and even on her head. Through the EMF program, Peace was sent to Atlantic Animal Hospital, which took good care of her. Eight months later, the outward wounds have healed, and Peace is showing great signs of recovery. You can help injured or sick animals like Buzz and Peace by contributing to the HHS Emergency Medical Fund today. ST Tyler Stover is the community outreach director for the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach. He can be reached at 386-274-4703, ext. 320, or

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alls can be deadly. Falls are also the leading cause of injury and deaths among older adults. The rate of fall—related deaths among older adults in the United States has risen significantly over the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control. “Falls are also preventable,” states Mark Tellier, vice president for home health and private care services at Council on Aging (COA), “and the opportunity to help reduce falls among older adults has never been better.” “Today, there are effective fall prevention interventions that can be used in community settings. By offering effective fall prevention programs in our communities, we can reduce falls and help older adults live better, longer lives,” according to Tellier. National Falls Prevention Day was observed on September 23, 2011 and the Council on Aging is scheduling

community educational presentations on fall prevention. COA is also offering a free In-Home Safety Assessment to area seniors or their loved ones which helps make their living environment a safer place to live independently.

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Healthy Bones And Seminar by Mitch Booth ccording to the newest US Surgeon Generals Report on Osteoporosis (pg. 1): “By 2020 half of all Americans over 50 will have weak bones unless we make changes to our current diet and life style choices.” Currently, there are more than 1.5 million fractures caused by osteoporosis every year. Many of the women and men never recover from these fractures, especially those of the hip. The pharmaceutical industry, along with the medical industry has for years advocated a class of drugs called bisphosphonates, with Fosomax being the most prescribed. However, it requires careful dosing instructions (which impacts effectiveness) and has many negative side effects. The most serious is osteo-necrosis of the jaw, literally death of the jaw bone. The effects are so common that I have seen a stream of Fosomax refusee's at our store. Some doctors have even taken their patients off these drugs with the threat of lawsuits. Just google Fosomax. Older American women have been told to take their doctor recommended 1000 mg of calcium supplement. Has all this calcium with Vitamin D created or even maintained new bone? With the release of the National Institute of Health's 2008 study, the answer is no. In fact the standard 1000 mg plus 800 I.U. Vitamin D only slowed osteoporosis by 1 percent! Those that exercised on regular basis had a slightly better result. Osteoporosis is not a disease, and drug therapy is not a cure. The calcium approach is based on an obsolete theory that bones are mineral sticks—add more calcium and bingo—you get more bone. A better understanding has been provided by the NIH's NIAM (joint and bone) department: “Bone is living, growing tissue. It is made mostly of COLLAGEN, a protein that provides the soft framework along with calcium phosphate, a mineral that adds strength and hardens that framework. The combination of collagen and this mineral is what makes bones strong yet flexible especially when under stress.” Their research showed that healthy bones are composed of 30 percent collagen protein! This the very same collagen that supports healthy skin and sustains healthy hair and strong nails. As every woman knows, the skin rapidly looses collagen with age. The same is true of bone. A recent study by RD. L. Pal, M.D. showed a direct correlation between facial wrinkles and low bone density (Journal Endo, ’11, pg. 3-126). So how do we covert collagen into bone? Earlier in the year we discussed a remarkable supplement by Natural Factors which regenerated hair, skin, and nails. BioSil is a patented formula which utilizes the foundation mineral of collagen: silica. With the assistance of Dr. Michael Murray and his staff, Natural Factors has developed a proprietary blend of minerals to help convert BioSil's collagen into a bone matrix. The result is bone that is both strong AND flexible, especially under the stress of


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ome one, come all! Again, Seniors Today is hosting a Fall Festival, a totally free day for our Seniors. The event will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Big Tree Road in South Daytona on October 18, 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. and all are welcome. Fall Festival goers will find door prizes, games of chance, games of skill, entertainers, health screenings, free lunch, new products, information for living, and more. Attendees will be greeted at the door and given a chance to win one of many door prizes that will be given away. Then it will be time to go and explore. What is in store at the participating vendor’s booths? Not just more brochures and givea-ways—this time attendees at the

Fall Festival will find lots of fun, games, and prizes. While the festivities are going on, Seniors Today’s staff will be busy in the kitchen preparing lunches for all who come hungry. Lunch will be served in the courtyard with

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music provided by Jim Nelson, known to all in the community as

“The Entertainer.” Jim can please any crowd with his lively music and entertainment. Seniors can enjoy dancing under the gazebo to Jim’s music. If dancing isn’t your style, you can just relax at the tables around the courtyard and take in the fresh air while you enjoy your free lunch. This event is a way of giving back to seniors in our community. “It is so rewarding to see the smiles on our senior faces as we enjoy this event together.” Seniors Today owner, Bonnie Schillinger added, “Each event just gets better and better, and every year we try to top the last! Of course, having the support of all of our vendors and sponsors is what helps makes the day such a terrific celebration!” ST

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peting for attention from a smaller pool of extended family and friends. • Therefore, you should make a plan to position yourself—be it in your home or community life—so you can stay active and involved in the things you love. • Think about whether where you live now or where you might like to live would be a good place if you didn’t drive. Ask yourself, could you get around your house with limited mobility? Or, would there be people or services nearby to help if you needed it? • Finally, be sure to include the cost of long-term care or other services when calculating expenses in retirement.

ccording to a new report, a growing number of baby boomers are caregivers and don’t realize it. That’s because many think that providing hands-on help to an aging loved one is just a regular part of life. However, according to recent AARP Public Policy Institute research, this is actually considered a viable form of caregiving. Here is the ‘New Normal’: If you drive your mom to her doctor’s appointments, or maybe on a regular basis you help your aging uncle check his blood sugar levels for diabetes—all of these activities put you into the caregiving category. People are providing this type of daily care to family members, but they may even provide other complex levels of care, including tube feedings, bandaging, and wound care, managing catheters, giving injections, or operating medical equipment. Additionally, spouses or young er family members who are providing this multifaceted care are doing so It’s estimated that one in four adults in with little to no training or the U.S. are taking care of an adult family preparation, an added stresmember, partner, or friend. sor found in many at-home caregiving situations. Most caregivers don’t think of what The Need For Self Care: they’re doing as work. They think of it If you are a caregiver, be sure to put as what families do for each other. They your health first and ahead of all other don’t think of themselves as caregivers. Recent reports show the impact of priorities. Caregiving, while often shorter hospital stays, limited hospital rewarding, is physically and emotiondischarge planning, and the spread of ally demanding work. What’s more, you home-based medical technologies all can’t care for someone if you don’t are reflected in the complex and phys- take care of yourself. Be sure to eat ically demanding nursing tasks that nutritious meals, get enough rest, see family caregivers are increasingly carry- your doctor regularly, and exercise. In addition to self care, be sure to ing out in the home. AARP defines this ask for help. For instance, make a “tonew level of care as “the new normal.” do-list” and recruit relatives and friends Within this so-called “new normal” to pitch in. Furthermore, be sure to realm of caregiving, approximately one use community resources. Most comin four adults in the U.S. are taking munities have services that can help care of an adult family member, part- coordinate your loved one’s care and ner, or friend. Also, since many baby provide help with meals, housekeepboomers are expected to live longer, ing, grooming, or transportation. planning for the future has become Also, you need to get organized. critically important. Calendars can help you prioritize your Here Are Some Tips responsibilities. What’s more, don’t be For Caregivers: afraid to just say no. Accept the fact • First, boomers should not be in denial that you simply can’t do everything. about needing some help later in Resist the urge to take on more than life or even unexpectedly. With higher you can handle. Finally, stay positive. rates of divorce, people who never Instead of dwelling on what you can’t married, and those who are child- do, recognize how much of a contriless, older boomers may be com- bution you do make. ST

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program designed to provide the best possible care for veterans also offers rewarding job alternatives for experienced nurses. The VA Travel Nurse Corps Program is a VA-operated internal pool of registered nurses who are available for temporary short-term assignments at VA centers throughout the country. While taking part in the program, VA Travel Nurses are compensated for their time and travel and receive per diem allowances that include lodging, meals, and incidentals plus the opportunity to see the country. RNs are compensated for hours worked but do not earn sick or vacation time or retirement programs. “The program offers nurses an opportunity to maintain high standards of patient care, helps decrease turnover of newly recruited nurses, and offers alternatives for experienced nurses considering leaving the VA system,” says Program Director Jacqueline Jackson. It is hoped that the program will reduce the use of outside supplemental staffing, improve recruitment of new

nurses into the VA system, and deliver VA health care in rural or undeserved areas. The program also hopes to establish a potential pool of registered nurses for national emergency preparedness. RNs are selected from the VA and the private sector. Nurses new to the VA receive training on the special needs of veterans, the system’s procedures and policies, as well as medication administration and the VA’s computer system. “As I start the IV on an 85-yearold hero, his eyes grow soft as he mentions his tour of service in India and Burma,” said RN Brenda Joyce Gupton. “This veteran carried our colors to another continent for freedom’s sake. It was my privilege to be his nurse.” The program was launched as a joint effort between the VA’s Integrated Service Networks, the VA’s Management Support Office and the VA Office of Nursing Services. “We are committed to making this program a win-win for all involved and to keep VA on the cutting edge of providing the best care possible to our nation’s veterans,” said Jackson. ST For more information, visit www.tra or call 866-664-1030.

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